April 14, 2010

Glass Tile Pendants

Want to know how to make a glass tile pendant?? They're super easy - you can do this!  Here's a brief tutorial.

They can end up costing less than $1.70 each - wow!  Perfect for gifts.  What a great craft - I had one mom comment to me "this is a great craft that spans all ages - my daughter (7 yrs old) could do it and so could I and my mother - and we all enjoyed it!"

First gather your supplies - you'll need:
--a glass tile,
--a bail (that's the hook that goes on the back),
--paper or fabric design,
--diamond glaze and a small paintbrush,
--and a chain to hang it on.
(keep scrolling and I will tell you where I bought mine)

Some ideas for your glass tile pendants:
--Use fabric and paper - here's a post with great idea tips.
--Use a photo - here's a post on how to resize and image for a tile.
--Use a school mascot to make a great teacher gift.

I bought all my supplies from CandyTiles and was really impressed.  I especially like her bundle packs - you don't have to think because it has everything - you can get 20 bails, 20 tiles, 20 chains, and a bottle of diamond glaze for $33.50 - perfect.  And prices get better as you order more - I organized this craft for moms to do at our playgroup and ended up ordering 2 100 Bundle Packs - so make it a party!
** update - 10% off at CandyTiles if you enter "sugarbeez10" in the coupon code area **

First take your tile, and trace it onto your paper.  Then cut it out slightly inside the lines.  You can use an exacto knife but I just used scissors.  Hold it up with your tile on top of it to check the size - you don't want any paper sticking out behind the edge.

Next squirt your diamond glaze on the back of the tile - about pea size.  Use a small paintbrush to spread it out - enough to coat the back of the tile but not so much that it's going to ooze.

Then while the diamond glaze is still wet set your paper face-down onto it.  Rub the paper to get a really good seal.  That will prevent bubbles being seen through the glass.

Let dry for 5-10 mintues or longer.  Then squirt diamond glaze on the back of the paper and spread it out with a paintbrush to seal in your paper.  Let dry several hours.  Then using superglue, glue your bails to the back. (Don't use Gorilla Glue - it foams a little so it won't look as clean around your bail)

We had a great time making these - and so will you!

Go make some!!


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

54 Fabulous Comments:

Can you use a photo? These would make the cutest Mother's day gifts if you could use pictures of the children.

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Fun project! Great job! :)

These are too cute! Thanks for the great tutorial!!

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Wahoo! Thanks for teaching us how to make these. I love them!

These are so gorgeous! This would be fun to make for kids, and since they're so cheap, it would be no biggie when the child loses it (as mine inevitably will!) Great idea!

What a fun and easy project...especially with so many pretty papers out there to choose from! Can't wait to try it!

LoVe those! Thanks for the how-to!

Thank you for bringing your hodgepodge to the party! Will be drawing the winners soon!

thanks for the fun tutorial!
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Hooray for this tutorial!! I've been looking for this! I posted a link on my blog: http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2010/04/glass-tile-pendants.html

Can't wait to make these!

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I love these pendants, they're so pretty! Thanks for joining the Craftaholics Anonymous Support Group! I had fun stopping by and checking out your craftiness!

Bravo! J'aime bien ces pendentifs.


That is just gorgeous. Another project to add to the to do list!

Thanks for this-been hesitant to invest in supplies until I knew the best way to work..now feel a bit more confident..

I love this! I actually won a tile pendant once. Be blessed. Thanks for the tutorial. Cindy

This is too good. Thanks for sharing the great information on how to prepare Pendants.

Hi I found you through 12 Crafts til Christmas blog. I love this idea and you make the directions so simple. Thanks for linking where to get the supplies. I love that I can get almost everything in one place!

I was just getting ready to assemble some of these and saw your post. It's always nice to see how someone else does it first! Thanks for the post!

I love these and STILL need to make some.

I love this glass tile idea. I look forward to this being a part of my next project in the making. thank you for sharing this idea.

I absolutely LOVE the look of these. I am going to get some for my next girls night! Thanks for the tip on where to get all the supplies. I am a new follower.
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Stinkin cute! Love the pink one especially! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!!

Very pretty pendant, I love it.
Ann@girls jewellery

Thanks for the tutorial! I just made some recently and posted them on my site, linking to your post. :)


These are darling! Can you use a photo??

Thank you for sharing! I sell digital collage sheets for scrapbooking and jewelry making www.karisagraphic.etsy.com but I never know how to make them.

I love it, thank you for sharing this idea. Do you get the tiles from a bathroom tile shop, or are they from somewhere special?

Does it matter what kind of paper you use? I wasn't sure if the ink would smear on certain paper. Anyone?

I haven't had any ink smear - - good luck!

Where did you get your glass tiles? Or, where do you think I could get some? Thanks, Morgan

hey morgan - in the post I talk about where i got them - the candytiles etsy shop, and you can get a discount with that code i mention...

How cute they are! Thanks for the great tutorial!!

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Thank you co much for the tutorial. My girl scout troop is going to make these as mother's day gifts which leads me to a question. Our meeting is only an hour long. Will it be sufficient to let the diamond glaze set on the back of the paper for about an hour before gluing on the bale or does it need more time to set?

good question Teri -- I can't remember how long it took to dry because I waited overnight - maybe try a test one the day before...

These are adorable...I will have to make.some for my daughters...I had a question for you. You have a picture of one with a red and gold roadrunner..that is my kids mascot for there school, where did u find him? I have looked and looked and have had no luck.. thank you

That my kid's mascot as well - - I googled it, etc, and might have ended up using the one on their school's website. Good luck!

Silly question, but where did you get the glass tiles? I was looking at Lowes.com, but couldn't find clear ones.

Silly question, but where did you get the glass tiles? I was looking at Lowes.com, but couldn't find clear ones.

Hi Sarah -- in the post I mention that I bought all my supplies online from a store called CandyTiles. That's including the glass tiles - they're a great shop!

I finally made some of my own glass tile pendants using Japanese fabric. What do you think of them?

This is a great idea. I don't have much money so this is prefect for my mom's birthday coming up. I like the idea of putting it on a necklace. You want to get a picture that really means something on there. What would be even cooler is if you could make them into earring.

-Zane of ontario honey

Hi! I love this tutorial. I have a quick question. When I add the glaze to the back of the paper it makes the paper look "wet". In other words, part of the paper is still white but you can see the other side coming through the back. Do I need to use a thicker paper, like cardstock?

Hi! I love this tutorial. I have a quick question. When I add the glaze to the back of the paper it makes the paper look "wet". In other words, part of the paper is still white but you can see the other side coming through the back. Do I need to use a thicker paper, like cardstock?

Great tutorial.
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I really like this idea. I live in a nursing home and this would be something nice to make for all the women. I'm bookmarking this page so I can remember where I got it. Thanks.

Where do you find bales like that?

Oh, I see, guess I should read and not just look at the pictures :)

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